Yet another week up at the Grant Arms in Scotland as a guest speaker was beckoning . Going via Southport ( to see the mighty imps finish their season ) and a day in the Lake District ( to visit old haunts ) . It was good to get away to see Scotland at its finest little did I know that it would be a rain free week .Arriving on the Monday it was dinner and straight on with the talk on Autumn Migration in Southern Spain .
The following morning a short stroll post breakfast along the old railway line gave great views of many species of finches and tits with the star birds of the morning being Grey Wagtails . It really was a pleasure to see so many Song Thrushes which are becoming a scarce species further south in Britain .An afternoon and Evening was then spent under the careful tutelage of Jim Cornfoot to improve my flyfishing techniques ,
On another occasion a morning was spent walking up the Cairngorms looking for Ptarmigan up to 1100metres but no sign of them anywhere , so coming back down to the ski station and asking some fellow birders I asked them if ‘they ‘ had been lucky, well very explicit instructions were given along the lines of ;- go to the end of this Chestnut pailing fence , take four steps out to your left , line up with the top ski station come back down and look for the round boulder with the point on it . Well, wow there it was! a Ptarmigan in all of its splendour.